October 04: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On October 4, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Orient Express had its debut voyage on October 4, the 277th day of the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced on this day by Pope Gregory XIII. The website Wikileaks was created.

The 4th of October falls under the sign of Libra. Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons, and Susan Sarandon all share the same birthday. It’s National Poetry Day today.


(October 04, 1535)
Myles Coverdale's work, the first full English Bible, was published in Zürich (Switzerland) or Cologne (Germany). photo source:


(October 04, 1582)
Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar, which was adopted by a large number of countries during the next several centuries. photo source:

(October 04, 1957) The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, which went into orbit around the Earth as the first man-made satellite. photo source:

(October 04, 1966)
Lesotho Independence Day.

(October 04, 1970)
As a result of an accidental heroin overdose, legendary American singer Janis Joplin passed away. photo source:

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James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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